The Scotch Whisky Association said it had refreshed its Scotch Whisky Industry Environmental Strategy – first published in 2009 – and would look for manufacturers of the spirit to use energy sources such as anaerobic digestion and solar power. The new interim target of 40 per cent comes in addition to the long-term aim of reducing non-fossil fuel energy use to 80 per cent by 2050. Currently, 17 per cent of energy used in the whisky industry is generated from non-fossil fuels – up from just three per cent in 2008. Other guidelines include improving distilling water efficiency by 10 per cent and ensuring that no general waste from Scotch Whisky operations will go to landfill – both by 2020. Scotch whisky accounts for around a quarter of UK food and drink exports, generating £3.95 billion for the UK balance of trade.
Scotsman 21st Sept 2016 read more »
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The on-site bio-energy plant commissioned one year ago by Diageo at its Glendullan distillery in Speyside is helping lead the Scottish whisky industry’s drive for environmental sustainability and carbon reduction. The Clearfleau anaerobic digestion (AD-power) plant has delivered a 25% reduction in fossil fuel energy demand at the distillery, saving Diageo significant costs and reducing its carbon footprint by 1,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. Over the past 12 months, anaerobic digestion at the Dufftown distillery has converted approximately 1,000m3 per day of malt whisky distillery co-products into renewable energy. This is about 1 million m3 of biogas per year – producing 6000 MW hours of thermal energy for the distillery.
Scottish Energy News 22nd Sept 2016 read more »